Albanians roads users will be able to use the new Arber Highway after 2030. This is shown in the concession agreement that the Albanian government has signed for the construction and the maintenance of the highway.
“The term of the concession will be 13 years, starting from the date when the agreement comes into effect”, the document “On the concession agreement/PPP between Albania and ‘Gjoka Construction’ company for the improvement, construction and the maintenance of Arber Highway” states.
Meanwhile, the document also includes provisions about possible delays that may occur during the projects’ implementation, due to force majeure or failure of the Albanian government to deliver its obligations. This seems to imply that the deadline for the completion of the works may extend beyond the agreed deadline, making this project, which is like a dream for many Albanians, seem very distant. Nonetheless, within this 13 year period, the company that was granted the concession, is entitled and has an exclusive obligation to draft the documents of the final project of the highway, but also to conduct the works for the improvement, construction and the maintenance of the highway. “Upon completion date, the company shall make the highway functional and it shall not be liable for maintenance or repairs for damages caused to the road afterwards”, is another important provision of the agreement. If this provision fails to be delivered, the parties to the agreement are entitled to take the case to the arbitrage. “Should the dispute fail to be resolved amicably, each of the parties is entitled to take the case for arbitrage in accordance to the rules of arbitrage of the National Court or International Court of Arbitrage”, the document in question states.